Dubai Police has banned gatherings of more than five people during Eid Al Fitr as part of its Covid-19 safety measures.
The host of any gathering or party of more than five people will be fined AED50,000. Guests meanwhile will be fined AED15,000.
Thousands of police officers will be out patrolling over the long weekend. And a volunteer team of hundreds has been drafted in to help make the public aware of the measures.
Police will also be ensuring that people wear face masks in Dubai and off-shore on any boat trips. And that people maintain social distancing of three metres when in public.
Police will also pay close attention to mosques during Eid. And they’re encouraging people to send Eid greetings and Eid gifts online rather than meeting in person.
“We will have 3,000 officers and 500 patrols in tourist destinations working each shift,” said Maj Gen Abdullah Al Ghaithi, director of the Department of Protective Security and Emergency at Dubai Police.
He also warned residents that there would be no leniency from Dubai Police during Eid.
“There will be no warnings this time before a fine is issued because people are already well aware of what the precautionary measures are,” he said.
“The fines will be issued at once for those found breaking the rules.”
Public and private sector holidays begin today with Eid likely to begin on Wednesday or Thursday depending on the moon sighting.
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